Senseless Murders, A Social Problem That’s Plaguing Our Communities
The violence that takes place on a daily basis within communities throughout this country reached epidemic proportions long ago but it seems that the violence today is completely out of control.
Although no one is exempt from becoming a victim of violence and the perpetrators are people of all backgrounds there’s a major problem with the young Black youth, especially with young Black males. I believe that we as Americans and when I say Americans, I mean all races of people in this country should be concerned with this issue and we should all work together to remedy this serious problem.
Now, I’m a realist and being a Black man I do know that I can’t expect anyone else to care about the violence and murders affecting Black communities if we in the Black community don’t care ourselves. We all hear about senseless murders on the evening news, radio, social networks and through word of mouth. So we are all aware of the situation but it seems as if we have become unresponsive to these murders. It’s as if we expect them to happen and as long as the victim(s) are not a direct member of our family we feel nothing and we do nothing.
In a not so distant past black men and women were found murdered hanging from trees and during those times Black people were terrorized but fought hard to end those atrocities. Even today when a Black male is murdered by the police many Black people will take notice, even become upset and some may protest to a certain degree to show that they care and that they want justice. But why do we not care when Black males murder each other?
I know this may sound silly but have you ever actually thought about what murder really is?
I have and I’ve thought of it as when someone decides to end another person’s life and actually follow through with the act. Whatever the murder victim could possibly do or become they can no longer just because someone decided to end it all for that person. END IT ALL! Clearly there is no reset button.
There was a time when these murders only affected inner city and predominately poor communities but today that’s not the case because these murders are occurring within all communities including rural country towns. So for those of you parents who think that if you move to middle class predominately Black neighborhoods or predominately White neighborhoods your children will be safe; well you’re wrong!
Here are some contributing factors to the problem:
- Children who aren’t being raised properly.
- Parents who choose not to be a part of their children’s life.
- Lack of education.
- Lack of communication.
- Children with no responsibilities.
- The drug game
- Gang activity/culture
- Inappropriate music
- Children who are followers and are easily influenced.
- Communities who don’t give a damn.
- A system/government who don’t give a damn.
I could go on and on but I’m sure you get the point.
Just as it took some time for this problem to escalate to the level where it is today it will also take some time to resolve it. But we all need to start caring and we all need to do something. We can all start by simply focusing on our own families and make sure that the children in our families are not sucked in by the “contributing factors.” Hey, that’s better than doing nothing. If you think that you don’t need to do something then just wait for the day when you and your family are directly affected!
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